Texas State University: January 2018

Texas State University: January 2018

San Marcos and Round Rock, Texas

Texas State University is a doctoral-granting, student-centered institution dedicated to excellence and innovation in teaching, research, including creative expression, and service. The university strives to create new knowledge, to embrace a diversity of people and ideas, to foster cultural and economic development, and to prepare its graduates to participate fully and freely as citizens of Texas, the nation, and the world.

Texas State’s nearly 39,000 students choose from 98 bachelors’, 91 master’s and 13 doctoral degrees. The campus in San Marcos, located along Interstate 35 between Austin and San Antonio, is in one of the most beautiful and rapidly growing regions in Texas. 

The St. David’s School of Nursing and additional health professions programs are located at the Round Rock Campus, just north of Austin. The university has a solid and growing research portfolio with strengths that include advanced materials/engineering, STEM education, environmental sciences/wildlife management, criminal justice/law enforcement, and computer science.

More than 60% of the university’s extramural grants are from federal sources including the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, and the Health Resources and Services Administration, among others. The research and innovation portfolio is enhanced by world-class liberal and fine arts and communication programs that create a culture of critical thinking, creative expression, and scholarly endeavors. 

An emerging strength at Texas State is translational health research.  This initiative aligns a range of health research focus areas at Texas State University including basic biomedical, population health, health communication, community health, health disparities/access to healthcare, healthcare workforce, bioengineering, and more. There are several priorities  linked to the health research focus, including dissemination of health-related research activities within and outside of Texas State, providing internal accelerator funding to develop promising health research activities, and building on our designation as a federally recognized Hispanic Serving Institution to develop high-quality research programs that address issues of health disparities, access to health care, and the importance of a diverse biomedical/health care workforce.

“While fundamental research is important at Texas State, the university places a high priority on addressing real-world problems,” said Dr. Walter Horton, Texas State’s chief research officer. “This is certainly true for our translational health research initiative and we value our partnership with Research!America, which allows us to join a national network of institutions, agencies and individuals all speaking with a common voice about the importance of funding for health research.” 

Texas State hosts an annual event, the Health Scholar Showcase, which draws health researchers from throughout the region committed to developing approaches that will lead to a healthier and more productive region, state and nation. This year’s event will be February 23, 2018 and will feature Mary Woolley, president and CEO of Research!America, as the keynote speaker.  

For more information, visit www.txstate.edu(link is external)

Media Contacts

Terri Schwartzbeck
Senior Manager of Communications 

If concerted, long-term investments in research are not made, America will lose an entire generation of young scientists.
Brenda Canine, PhD; McLaughlin Research Institute, Montana